November 15, 2014–January 4, 2015
An annual family favorite, Merry & Bright celebrates the holiday season with elegant poinsettias and seasonal foliage, time-honored traditions like the poinsettia tree and Paul Busse model garden railway, and an array of special entertainment and family activities. Learn more about events scheduled throughout the season or download a calendar.
8th Annual Gingerbread Competition
Visit in the evening to enjoy live entertainment, hot beverages around the bonfire, and festive lighting displays throughout the Conservatory's warm and inviting plant collections. Open until 10pm on December 17, 19–31 and January 1–4. Open 5–10pm on Christmas.
Charming gingerbread creations by children and adults are now on view. First, second and third place prizes are awarded in each category, and patrons select a Best of Show.
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January 10–April 5, 2015
Discover the allure of the orchid…and the global exploration it inspired.
Wander through warm, tropical plant collections peppered with colorful orchids, enjoy a radiant display of hundreds of blooms in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse, and forget the winter chill.
Dive into the rich history of botanical discovery and the plant hunters who traveled the world in search of the exotic and unknown. In the Cardinal Health Gallery, Plants in Print: The Age of Botanical Discovery reflects five centuries of plant exploration through a collection of unique, rare books and botanical illustrations.
Learn about the wonders of the orchid species.
Warm up at the Conservatory this winter. Open until 9pmon Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, January 22 through February 28. Live tropical-themed music on Saturday evenings at 7pm.
March 7–September 27, 2015
Spring returns with the emergence of hundreds of colorful, exotic butterflies. Watch them take flight in the Pacific Island Water Garden, a tropical haven filled with bright nectar blooms. Daily presentations at 1 and 3pm share more about this fascinating species, and related family progamming is offered throughout the season.
Savage Gardens: The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants is a rentable exhibition that was developed and designed by Conservatory staff. A multi-layered, multi-media exhibition, Savage Gardens tells the story of carnivorous plants and their astounding ability to adapt to inhospitable habitats.
Combining science, botany, art, humor, and hands-on activity, Savage Gardens reaches all ages with its rich components. Four monumental sculptures render viewers bug-sized, while interactive and interpretive elements educate and entertain.
The Conservatory has worked with the artists to ensure the portability of the large sculptures and other components. Learn more about detailed specifications and images of the components, as well as some of the media coverage that Savage Gardens received while on view at the Conservatory.
Savage Gardens was developed and created by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Tork, Inc. The work displayed is protected by copyright and any copying is strictly prohibited.
About Tork, Inc.
Tork is a team of experienced and versatile trained artists headed by owners Mark Lagergren and Tony Ball. Tork has been creating unique sculptural installations and functional works for commercial and individual clients for more than 10 years. Adept at working on both large-scale public installations and small detailed objects, we collaborate with architects, designers, and contractors to meet site specific goals. Our sculpture has been placed in a variety of environments including public parks, playgrounds, gardens, hospitals, museums, corporate interiors and exteriors, and restaurants. We specialize in metal and resin design, fabrication, sculpting, and casting in unique combinations of materials. Learn More